Tips for your road trip around Australia

The Great Australian Road Trip is one of the most exciting ways to spend summer holidays. If you are wondering how to make the most of your time on the road follow our essential guide for happy and stress-free travelling.

The vehicle
Every journey requires some preparations. First and foremost, you need to decide on the vehicle. Whether it’s a car or a campervan, it needs to be thoroughly checked and prepared for your road trip, so that you don’t get surprised by leaky break fluids or engine oils. It is also worth to learn how to perform simple car repairs on your own in case your vehicle behaves suspiciously along the way.

Australia is a breathtakingly beautiful and diverse place. Once you have your car ready you can start planning your route and budgeting. Think how much money you want to spend on your trip. In addition to credit cards, set aside some cash and keep it handy for tolls and emergencies. Take into account the places you want to visit and plan the best way to get there. Do bear in mind that some parts of Down Under, such as the Great Victoria Desert or Tanami Desert, have very low infrastructure. There are patches of land with no shops, no gas stations and even no cell phone reception.

Planning your tour is closely connected to outlining your itinerary. Write down the places you have decided to visit, plan your stops, book hostels in advance or at least research camping options. If it is your first road trip, it is better to give yourself more time to get to your destinations, as you never know what might happen along the way – you may want to make an additional stop to take photos, have a meal in a wayside diner, or take a refreshing dip in a lake.

The essentials
Road trip essentials include warm blankets, non-perishable foods and plenty of water. It is also worth to have an extra gas canister in case you run out of petrol in the middle of nowhere, a flashlight, an emergency kit, a sunscreen, and a battery bank or a car charger. Let’s not forget about a navigator and traditional, paper maps, which come in handy in case of a sudden GPS software malfunction.

You are about to embark on a fascinating journey. With proper preparations, planning and maintenance you can have a time of your life. Be safe and enjoy your trip!

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